27/05/2024

The Mainland Tactix got their first win of the season in round 4. Photo: Mainland Tactix

In the club's first home game, the Tactix delivered its first win of 2021 in a see-sawing affair with the Magic. ANZ Premiership round 4.

The Tactix finally delivered win number one of the season in a see-sawing affair with the Magic.

Mainland had been on the road for its first three games, but returned home to Christchurch and played in front of the biggest crowd of the season so far – upping the ante on the Magic.

It was a fast-paced encounter which finished 63-59. Tactix started with goal attack Te Paea Selby-Rickit for the first time this season, who formed a dangerous partnership with goal shooter Ellie Bird early on. ]

However, the Magic were resilient and the inclusion of Georgia Tong into goalkeeper paid dividends, slowing the entry into Bird.

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The Tactix took a one-goal lead into the final quarter, and held their nerve to seal the deal with a four-goal win for their first of the season.

Coach Marianne Delaney-Hoshek praised the crowd after the match as a contributing factor for improving their ledger to 1-3 on the season.

“I think when it gets close like that the home crowd can certainly give us that lift,” she stated.

“We could see the red-and-black in the crowd and it’s such a positive feeling.”

Coming off a bitterly disappointing one-goal loss to the Northern Mystics, it was the wealth of Silver Ferns experience that guided them through a similar situation. The final quarter was a tight tussle, but players including centre Kimiora Poi and defensive duo Karin Burger and Jane Watson stood up.

“I think we nailed the crucial moments which was a real positive for us tonight,” Delaney-Hoshek said post game.

The Tactix now look ahead to another home game, in which they will be out for revenge against the Mystics.

ANZ Premiership round 4 results

The Northern Stars remained undefeated at 4-0, and look the team to beat in 2021.

The Steel was no match as the Stars ran out 59-45 victors in front of their Auckland faithful.

In the final game of round four, the Pulse was upset 47-58.

The Mystics have now improved to 3-1 in 2021, which sets up a tantalising contest with the Tactix, who looked like a side coming back to confidence in 2021.

It’ll be a great round of action – make sure to tune in.

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